How to Create Double Lashes: The Complete Guide

Eliza Barlow
July 5, 2019

Double Lashes

When it comes to big, beautiful luscious eyelashes, some girls (and guys) have all the luck! It doesn’t seem fair that in the genetic lottery there are some people that have effortlessly gained the advantage of gorgeous lashes. In fact, Liz Taylor was one such person. She had lovely violet eyes (a genetic rarity all in itself) and full lashes. But wait, did you know that her lashes weren’t like everyone else’s? It’s true! Liz Taylor possessed a mutation called “distichiasis,” a condition where a person is born with rows of double lashes. It’s a fate that isn’t all that bad, as echoed by Taylor’s own mother, who when Liz Taylor was born was told about the condition. She reportedly shrugged and said, “Well, now that doesn’t sound so terrible at all.” Taylor went on to have a grand career, complete with leading men, wonderful movie roles, and a life filled with travel, marriages, and adventurous scandal. We can’t all be Liz Taylor, but we can rock some of her iconic looks, namely her gorgeous lashes. Just by following a few simple steps can get you closer to the smoldering stare that made Liz Taylor so famous. There’s a little known secret that some make-up artists and beauty experts employ to get a stunning look for a number of clients. Though you may not have distichiasis, doubling up on lashes can give you a come-hither look that’s out of this world. Applying the lashes is simple, though you don’t want to overdo it. There’s a fine line between what’s Liz Taylor awesome, and the not-so-great. Keep reading and you’ll soon have va-va voom with a splash of chic!

Surveying Your Eyelashes

The first step is purchasing quality lashes. You want to get lashes that aren’t flimsy and won’t fall apart. You don’t have to break the bank to do this, but there are a few things to look out for. First, look for lashes that have a thinner band. These kinds of lashes are easier to apply and look more natural. They will also last a little longer. This is due to their construction. Lashes with thicker bands are usually stiffer and prone to breaking or becoming damaged. You don’t want to use this kind of lash when you’re doubling up. You need a lash that will be more flexible and able to mold itself to your lid. Also, lashes of lower-quality will have packaging that isn’t conducive to long-term storage. If the package is extremely flimsy, it probably isn’t a lash that is meant to be worn more than once, and it will probably not be worth working with for this process. Lower quality lashes do have their place in the pantheon of beauty products. It’s often a great last-minute quick change. They are good for beginners and you won’t feel bad throwing them away if there’s a mishap. However, choosing a quality lash is imperative for doubling up. Essential Supplies:

  • Strip Lashes (double the amount you typically use)
  • Adhesive
  • Tweezers
  • Mirror & Lighting
  • Scissors
  • Q-tips
  • Mascara
  • Eyelash curler

Step one: Apply all eye make-up before you begin. This includes eyeliner and eyeshadow. It is best to do this before putting on your lashes to avoid shifting the lashes. Comb through your natural lashes with mascara and curl with an eyelash curler. Step two: Measure out your lashes. Be sure you have the proper length for the look you’d like. If need be, trim the ends to fit your eye shape. Step three: Begin by cutting the lashes into your desired length and shape. Step four: Place a few dots of adhesive onto a q-tip. Apply glue to one-half of the cut lashes. Wait a few seconds for the glue to get tacky, then proceed to step four. Step five: Stack the other half of the lashes onto the cut, glued on section. Press gently and wait for the lashes to adhere to one another. Step six: Once the two lashes are secure, place a bit more adhesive onto a q-tip and place a bit along the doubled up section. Step seven: Carefully position the strip using tweezers. Once you have the lashes in place, check to be sure they are secure and you’re satisfied with where they are. Comb through the lashes with a mascara wand. Step eight: Measure and cut lash sections for the next eye. Repeat steps three through seven. Gently curl your lashes with an eyelash curler. Step nine (optional): Now that you’ve got doubled up lashes, apply the rest of your make-up. *After wearing your doubled-up lashes, you should leave them stacked. This will avoid damage and you’ll have a great looking set for another day and look. Be sure to clean and secure your lashes as you normally would. If you would like to unstack your lashes, gently swipe your lashes with a cotton ball dipped in oil-based glue remove. Try to remove as much glue as you can and then carefully pull the lashes apart. Inspect your lashes for damage and make sure you have adequately removed any dirt, makeup, and glue. Place your lashes into its container.  Preserving your lashes for future use is key. Keep your lashes in a cool, dry place. A hot car or room may shorten the lifespan of your lashes. Doubled-up lashes are an option to add volume without spending tons of money. You can experiment with varying lengths and create jaw-dropping looks with only a few supplies and your imagination. You can go full glam or just a little sultry in no time flat. The great thing about stacking lashes is that you can mix and match lashes. You can create winged looks or you can simply make your lashes look fuller. Different shapes can create myriad looks. Each look will be unique to your own personality and lifestyle. You can stand out with a look that is truly your own. You may not have the luck of Liz Taylor, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have beautiful, lush lashes.